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Finding Aid for the Curlett & Beelman records, circa 1924-circa 1932 0000124
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  • Preferred Citation note
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  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Curlett & Beelman records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000124
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Container: 551
    Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet (2 record storage boxes, 4 boxes of rolls,1 flat file drawer)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1924-circa 1932
    creator: Beelman, Claud W., 1884-1963
    creator: Curlett & Beelman.
    creator: Curlett, Alexander E., 1880-1942


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation note

    Curlett & Beelman records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The Curlett & Beelman firm was formed by Alexander (Aleck) Curlett (1880-1942) and Claud W. Beelman (1884-1963) in 1919. They are well known for their large scale architecture and the fact that their firm planned, designed, and superintended the construction of most of their buildings. Some of their more noted projects, many of which are designated Historic Monuments and/or listed in the National Register of Historic Places, include: Barker Brothers, Elks Temple, Pershing Square Building, Insurance Exchange Building, LA Fur Mart Building, Commercial Club: Hotel Case, Harris Newark Building, Board of Trade Building, and Culver Hotel, as well as buildings in Pasadena and Long Beach. Their office was located in Beverly Hills, California. By 1932, however, the firm had dissolved.
    Claud Beelman attended architectural school at Harvard. Following his formal education, he worked in the Midwest and South before moving to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles he obtained his building license and went into partnership with Alexander Curlett, whose father was an established architect in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

    Scope and Content note

    The Curlett & Beelman records span 9 linear feet and date from circa 1924 to circa 1932. This collection is primarily composed of specifications, but also includes two flat file folders of architectural reprographic copies of the Eastern Outfitting Company building and the Barker Brothers building.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Herbert M. Baruch Corporation Records (Collection 1512). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
    Marcus P. Miller records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Beelman, Claud W., 1884-1963
    Curlett & Beelman.
    Curlett, Alexander E., 1880-1942
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Reprographic copies